Tyson Fury would have beaten Muhammad Ali in boxing, fast-rising fighter Shakur Stevenson says
- Tyson Fury would beat Muhammad Ali in a mythical head-to-head historic boxing match-up.
- That’s according to fast-rising American boxer Shakur Stevenson.
- “Tyson is too fucking big for anybody,” Stevenson said. “Ali is the greatest, but shit.”
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LAS VEGAS — Tyson Fury would have beaten Muhammad Ali in boxing.
That’s according to fast-rising fighter Shakur Stevenson, who was blown away by what he saw in Fury’s most recent match — a sixth-round knockout win over Dillian Whyte in front of 94,000 people in London.
Stevenson watched the WBC world heavyweight championship contest from his training camp in America as he prepares for his own mega-match Saturday against junior lightweight world title rival Oscar Valdez.
“I’m about to say something that’s going to make y’all mad,” Stevenson said to the Top Rank documentary cameras and friends as they watched the fight. “Tyson Fury would beat Muhammad Ali.”
Fury has a pro boxing record of 32 wins (23 by knockout) with one draw and zero losses. In his career to date, he has vanquished divisional great Wladimir Klitschko and toppled thunderous puncher Deontay Wilder in a historic trilogy.
Ali excelled in a golden era for heavyweight boxing, defeating a who’s who of top-tier fighters from the 1960s and 70s, including Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, George Foreman, Ron Lyle, and Earnie Shavers.
“I’m dead ass,” serious, Stevenson said when challenged about his comment.
“Bro, he’s 6-foot-9. Ali is like 220 [pounds]. Y’all right, I’m supposed to stick with my people. But I got to be a realest, bro. Tyson Fury is 6-foot-9, 300-pounds.
“How is Muhammad Ali going to hit him — turn into Joe Frazier? He’s a boxer. I stand with my people, too. But I’m just saying it real. Tyson is too fucking big for anybody. How’s Ali going to get inside, bro? Ali is the greatest, but shit.”
Stevenson continued: “To be that big with that much skills and be in shape and move around, punch … what can’t this motherfucker do?
“He can fight on the inside! This man fought Wilder on the inside. I’m just saying … dude can do everything.”
It is unclear if or when Fury will fight next as, though he claimed to be retired after his most recent win, he also ushered UFC star Francis Ngannou into camera-shot so they could hype a potential hybrid rules showdown.
Stevenson, meanwhile, has his own shot at pugilistic immortality when he takes on fellow world champion Valdez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this weekend.
The bout will be broadcast on ESPN.